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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Best of the Best

Here is my favorite little spot for a lunch date. If you've come to visit me, then perhaps you're already in the know....

Just 50 miles north of Manhattan, this award-winning tea shop deserves a day trip. Charlotte's Tea Room is located in downtown Warwick, New York. Recently award the "Best of the Best" in the Hudson Valley and a "Reader's Choice Award" from the Tea House Times, the signature soups and scones of the day make my mouth water.

How can I not brag about this gem of a spot... it's owned and run by my very own sister-in-law, Joanne. Jo married my brother John 29 years ago. When the oldest of their four children was about to start high school and their youngest kindergarten, it was time for her to make
a dream come true.

The penultimate hostess, she has designed a menu around good taste, seasonal offerings and her own great dining experiences. She spends her days at the tea room helping customers "make friends one cup at a time"... just like the menu says. Regulars, along with visitors to our historic, scenic and well, adorable little town, have given the tea room a resounding "thumbs up"! (See the rave reviews on TeaMap...the tea enthusiasts site.)

I like the intimate tables in the Chandelier Room best, but Charlotte chose to have her 3rd birthday tea party in the Harlequin Blue Room and Rory has a favorite spot on the deck where he can
feed the ducks in the creek below!

Mary, the tea room's adept waitress, takes great care of me when I visit. She knows I need my "Paris" tea and that yummy curry chicken salad. Each day Mary wears a different vintage apron from her enormous collection...If the kiddies are in tow, Lynne, ever wonderful in the kitchen, makes a
"wee tea" with tiny P.B.&J.s cut into heart shapes.

Join me in raising a glass...or congrats to Jo on this wonderful achievement of style and savvy! If you are in the area, do stop by for the food, the ambiance and the shopping in Joanne's adjacent store,
"Greetings & Salutations".

...hope to see you there
xxoo Jen


Anonymous said...

Yes, The Tea Room is lovely with all its goodness. I'll have to make sure I stop in again the next time I up your way :)

Big Bear Hugs,


Diane Duda said...

It's so charming! I love the floral curtains and I'm sure the food is delicious!


Karen said...

What a fun place to sit and relax and have a cup of tea with friends. My mouth is watering over the yummy sandwiches and scones. I love places like this.
Congratulations to Joanne.
Thank you so much for sharing

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